Assistant Professor (Asian American Studies), San José State University

San José State University

San José, California


Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Asian American Studies Job Opening ID (JOID): 23727

Rank:  Open (Tenured/Tenure-track)


The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences seeks to hire a faculty member whose specialization is in Asian American Studies with an open secondary area of competence. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. from an accredited university in Social Science or a related discipline by start of appointment; a commitment to and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; research productivity or potential, as might be demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or presentations; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and a commitment to program development. Desired qualifications include a strong record of teaching excellence, experience in program development, and a record of service. Those seeking advanced rank must show evidence of Asian American Studies program development, teaching, service, research, and publications appropriate to rank and tenure. Applicants should have an awareness and sensitivity to the educational goals of a diverse multicultural student population through training, teaching, or other similar experience.


The successful candidate is expected to teach the two-semester General Education course sequence: “Asian Americans in the US: Historical and Political Process” and a course in area of expertise. Other teaching related duties include developing new courses appropriate to an interdisciplinary department and General Education and program assessment. Faculty at SJSU have a four course per semester teaching load; those on the tenure track can expect to have their teaching load reduced during their first years. Other responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda as well as service and shared governance activities appropriate to rank. Candidate must address the needs of a student population that is diverse in terms of age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation. Attention to these needs can be demonstrated through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 22, 2017

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure: For full consideration submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy and research plans, and at least three letters of reference with contact information by December 1, 2016 to

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Questions may be directed to: Interim Chair Carlos E. Garcia

Department of Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences San José State University

One Washington Square San José, CA 95192-0122


The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (SISS) offers BA degree programs in Sociology (concentrations in Community Change, Social Interaction, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality); Social Science (Multiple Subject and Single Subject Teacher Preparation); MA degree in Sociology; Minors in Asian American Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.